Last weekend I noticed that first-time comments on this website were not appearing in my email. As you may know, when someone comments here for the first time, and I approve that comment, all further comments using the same name and email address will go through without moderation. (This is a tactic designed to prevent disruptive people from infesting the website.) WordPress always informs me by email when someone tries to comment for the first time.
That stopped last weekend, but I noticed it only by seeing a large number number of “comments awaiting approval” on my website’s dashboard. Yesterday I got it fixed after a long session with the University of Chicago IT people. It appears to have been some screwup on the email filters here rather than a WordPress problem. I now get every email that I used to from WordPress.
But since then I’ve had to approve comments by longstanding and regular commenters, as if they were suddenly seen as first-time commenters (this didn’t happen to everyone). Because I haven’t seen this happen again after a commenter was approved, the issue may have been fixed. However, if you make a comment, and haven’t for a while, and you used to comment freely, your newest comment may suddenly appear as “moderated, awaiting approval.”
This is to let you know that if this is the case, you’re not being moderated but it’s a holdover from the IT problem. I will approve all comments of people who used to comment freely, and that should be the end of that. BUT, if your comments continue to be moderated after first-time approval, let me know immediately.